Multiple mechanisms behind hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, unexpected heart attacks

An examination of three mutations associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy -- a disease best known for revealing itself as an unexpected, fatal heart attack during...

Link found between insulin resistance, schizophrenia

New research provides more evidence of genetic ties between schizophrenia and insulin resistance and suggests that patients with insulin-resistant schizophrenia may constitute a distinct subgroup with diminished...

Meta-analysis links shift work to IHD risk

Shift work is associated with an increased risk for ischemic heart disease, with evidence of a positive dose-response relationship between the risk for ischemic...

Sick and tired: Doctor wellness in SA needs critical care

As we observe World Health Day on 7 April, health and wellness is on everyone’s minds. But a question seldom asked is: Who cares for the...

Globally, one in five deaths associated with poor diet: Lancet study

People in almost every region of the world could benefit from rebalancing their diets to eat optimal amounts of various foods and nutrients, according to the...

Research into health benefits of Rooibos gets R4.5m injection

In line with one of its main strategic objectives, the SA Rooibos Council (SARC) is ramping up research efforts to better understand exactly how our indigenous...

Paracetamol may increase stroke risk for older adults with diabetes

Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is one of the most widely used pain relievers. Almost 60 years of widespread use have made it a household product. It’s distributed over...

Board of Healthcare Funders MD DR KATLEGO MOTHUDI: ‘Many areas where...

Being appointed Managing Director of the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) in September 2017 could well have been perceived as a natural progression for...

Many eligible patients report not being offered statins

More than half of patients eligible for statin therapy but not being treated report never being offered a statin. This was has been revealed in...

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Aspirin ill-advised for healthy hearts

New guidelines released by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association suggest that aspirin should not be prescribed to most adults who...

INDUSTRY NEWS Conference organiser appoints operations director

Europa Organisation Africa (EOA), an events management company responsible for many of South Africa’s specialist medical conferences and associated healthcare events, has announced the appointment of Yoshni...

Eggs’ cholesterol report sparks debate

A report released last week combining data from six earlier studies has found a 6 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease when the average...

Physicians’ lack of trust in one another could compromise quality and...

While the importance of trusted relationships between patients and their physicians is taken for granted, little attention has been given to the relationships among physicians themselves....

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Stillbirths more likely if diabetes in pregnancy not diagnosed

Women who develop diabetes in pregnancy but are not diagnosed are much more likely to experience stillbirth than women without the condition, according to new research...

SAMWUMED back on track

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has announced that stability has been restored at the SA Municipal Workers Union Medical Aid Scheme (SAMWUMED) four...

Limpopo tops Discovery’s fraud list

Discovery Health’s efforts to curb fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) in the healthcare system resulted in a substantial R555m recovered on behalf of client...